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Notre Dame of Maryland University Breaks Ground on New Academic Building

September 11, 2012

Notre Dame of Maryland University held a ground breaking ceremony this afternoon for a new academic building, a $15 million, 36,500 square foot facility to support its schools of education and nursing.

“Our new building will support the Schools of Education and Nursing – a design that includes collaborative learning spaces, top-notch technology, and simulation labs that provide real-world scenarios to help students master their clinical nursing skills,” said Dr. James F. Conneely, Ph.D. president of Notre Dame. “But compassion cannot be simulated – students choose nursing and teaching because they see critical needs that involve real people, and they want to address those needs using the highest levels of knowledge and resources possible.” 

Funding for the academic building is supported by a $4 million State of Maryland matching grant. Grants of $90,000 from the Marion and Henry J. Knott Foundation and $125,000 from the Middendorf Foundation, respectively, will support the installation of clinical simulation labs within the School of Nursing’s Center for Caring with Technology.

Like G. Avery Bunting Hall, dedicated for the School of Pharmacy last year, the new building has been designed to meet or exceed LEED certification. The building will provide state-of-the-art instructional facilities for education and nursing including clinical simulation labs necessary to support the full-time undergraduate nursing program, which began in fall 2011, and will enhance the existing graduate nursing and RN-to-BSN programs in the School of Nursing. 

Technologically rich classrooms and an instructional resource space for individual and student group use will provide high-quality learning environments for all NDMU students, and the new space will allow the School of Education to increase its capacity to offer professional development for local pre K-12 school faculties. Over 2,000 students in the two programs will benefit from the newly constructed building.

The construction project is expected to support more than 200 construction jobs and inject more than $11 million of private funding into the economy. The nursing facilities are scheduled to be completed in time for the 2014 academic year.

Notre Dame of Maryland University
Notre Dame of Maryland University, founded as a Catholic liberal arts college in 1895 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, educates nearly 3,000 women and men enrolled in degree and certificate programs at its main campus in north Baltimore and at satellite centers in Maryland. The University encompasses a distinguished Women’s College, the first Catholic institution of its kind in America; a College of Adult Undergraduate Studies; a College of Graduate Studies, and an English language Institute, and includes Schools of Arts and Sciences, Education, Nursing and Pharmacy. Rich in tradition, Notre Dame provides students with opportunities in research, study abroad and service to the global community. Visit www.ndm.edu.